January 31, 2005

AOL is Evil - Use Humor with Truth in your FAQ

I try to use some humor in my FAQs. For instance, the last question on one of my FAQ lists is:

“Why is AOL evil and what can I do to fight the evil that lurks among us?”

Now, mind you, this is a site having NOTHING to do with internet access or email or anything like that. So, it kind of jumps out at you when you’re reading the questions in the FAQ.

I’ve tried to combine humor with a bit of sardonic and edgy opinions (that happen to be true.) I go on to answer the question:

Oh, where do I start? AOL is evil because of their utter lack of respect for their users. If you use AOL, you are not actually taking part in the internet community. You get to look around a bit, but you have been walled off from the real experience. But the most IMPORTANT reason AOL is evil is they routinely filter your messages and then not bother to tell you that they filtered your messages. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten email after email after email, each increasingly more hostile, from AOL users who are angry that I’m not responding to them. When in fact, I’ve been responding within minutes of my receiving their email. It’s just that AOL IS FILTERING IT OUT AND NOT ALLOWING THEM TO RECEIVE MY REPLIES.

AOL USERS - VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you don’t get a reply back from me within 6 hours, there is a VERY high likelihood that AOL is being their typical evil selves and not allowing you to receive my email. They are notorious for this. As long as you use AOL, don’t expect to receive 100% of all your emails. So at least give me a fighting chance and put my email address in your white list before emailing me if you use AOL. Better yet, drop AOL like a lead balloon. As a matter-of-fact, if you can prove to me that you’ve dropped AOL’s service and joined another ISP after reading this, I will send you a free XYZ product. That’s how much I hate AOL. Try me!!!! :-)

Evil, evil, evil, evil. AOL bad, bad, bad.

I have yet to get someone to take me up on the offer, but I fully support the demise of this evil company. And if you’re a marketer that relies on AOL for your business email, you should be hung from the deepest gallows for making such a HUGE mistake. There is no telling how much business you are losing from not getting your customer’s emails. Not to mention the fact that it labels you as a newbie or someone not very knowledgeable about the internet… etc. It’s just yucky. I wish I could simply filter all AOL emails into the garbage and tell people on my sites that if you send me an email from AOL, you’ll be SOL. But, alas, that would be stupid because SO MANY PEOPLE still use AOL. Why? I just don’t understand it.

I’ll get off my high horse now.. but not before saying one more thing. I think the business community should get together and mark a day in the future… for instance, March 1st. On 3/1/05, we should all send an email to all the AOL addresses in our customer/prospect lists and offer them a HUGE discount on whatever it is we sell, if they forward to us a copy of the email that AOL sends out to people who cancel their AOL service. If the entire business community bands together, we could essentially reach the entire customer base of AOL in one fell swoop. We could perhaps eliminate 10% or more of AOL’s customer base in one day if we offer a big enough incentive to our customers. In the same email, give them specific instructions on cancelling (because AOL makes it VERY difficult to cancel) and give them plenty of alternatives and links to sign up at those alternatives… etc.

I’m telling you, we have a LOT of clout and could wreak havoc on AOL. Nothing would make me happier.

Of course, AOL would simply filter all the emails coming into their system on March 1st that contain the terms, “AOL is evil.”

Alas, my dream has faded…

Evil wins.

January 30, 2005

Geez Louise - Liberals Will Be Jumping Outta Windows

I’ll bet there aint a wacko liberal alive right now that aint looking for a window to leap out of after reading this from the new Baghdad mayor… (I define “wacko” liberals as those that automatically hate the letter “B” because it’s the first letter in the word, “Bush.”):

“We will build a statue for Bush,” said Ali Fadel, the former provincial council chairman. “He is the symbol of freedom.”

Yowza, yowza, yowza. Make sure you keep Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Janeane Garofolo, BarbRA Streisand and all the other liberty hating libs (except for their own liberty of course) away from open windows. They just might thrust themselves out in agony, ears bleeding and heads exploding from too much talk of freedom and liberty.

Why stop them, you ask? Well, who’s going to provide the entertainment during the next presidential election?

I love it when I’m on the side of history… on the side of bringing hope to places that never dreamed of it as recently as 2 years ago. Despite the sacrifices made by many, ask an Iraqi how it feels to not have to walk around in fear of your entire family being exterminated because you didn’t or did do something that Saddam didn’t like.

Walk a mile, my brother, walk a mile…

January 26, 2005

blogTshirts Launches

I’ve officially launched blogTshirts.com. It’s one of the 274 businesses I’m constantly in the middle of developing. This one has finally bubbled to the surface. I’ve got in place the proper equipment to facilitate its success and now all we need are bloggers to jump on board.

SIDE NOTE: I just wish I would have had all this t-shirt making equipment back before the election. I was doing some REALLY good business with one of my spur of the moment ideas at runwithbush.com. The idea came to me on a Friday, I built the site on Saturday morning, placed a couple of blog ads and google adword ads and was making money with it by Monday evening. The problem was, I was using cafepress to do the t-shirt fulfillment so I was getting VERY LITTLE per shirt. I had to do the custom graphic for each shirt and upload it which was a major pain. If I had the stuff to do it myself like I have now, I would have been raking it in. I sold a TON of these shirts the month before the election. Scads of them! (I still wear my Bush/Sherman shirt!)

Anyway, I digress… so, why would a blogger choose to use blogTshirts.com to fulfill t-shirt orders for their blog? Besides little things that you’ll only realize once you order and receive a t-shirt, the price is the biggest draw. We specialize in blog t-shirts and that’s it. So, we don’t have to maintain a large inventory and staff and facility and all the other overhead that goes into maintaining an operation like cafepress or zazzle. The two major players in this category. Each of the blog owners that sell their shirts from our site receive $10 for each shirt sold. The shirts are priced at $23 and we don’t charge the customer for shipping. So, if you do the math… cafepress charges YOU $14 for each of your store’s shirts ordered. Then they charge the customer at least $4 for shipping. That’s $18 per shirt right off the top. So, you’d have to charge $28 per shirt in order to realize the $10 profit per shirt that we’re offering by selling the same shirt at $23. Your blog visitors get a less expensive shirt option and YOU get more money at a lower price.

Not to mention the hands off nature of our service. With cafepress, you have to do all the image uploading, maintaining the store, paying monthly fees if you have a pro store… etc. With us, we give you an image you can advertise on your blog and a link to link it to. Viola! You’re in business. Yes, you can give us a custom image if you want one, but you don’t have to do anything other than give us the image.

So if you have a blog, check us out. Who knows… maybe your readers want to show others that they read your blog. At least give them a chance. :-)

P.S. In case you remember a post back in June of last year about $150 t-shirts, it was placed on the backburner. I still think it’s an incredible idea but it’s going to take way more time than I have right now to dedicate to it.

January 24, 2005

Wanted: A Few Good Entrepreneurs

Pay: The knowledge gained in participating. :-)
Reason to do it:
Because you are a remarkable entrepreneur and you’re as curious as hell.

Seriously. I’m looking to recruit a few of my readers to conduct an experiment. The actual work will take 16 hours to complete. It’s not rocket science, but I need someone who considers themselves a remarkable entrepreneur.

The chosen candidate(s) will need to be able to devote at least 2 hours a day (until you reach 16 hours), preferably from 6pm to 8pm to go door-to-door conducting a survey. There will not be any sales involved. Just door-to-door, ask some questions and then give the person who just took the survey a handout. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.

You’ll need to be able to have access to neighborhoods containing single family homes. You’ll also need to research whether you need a license to knock on doors in your area and get one if it’s needed. Every neighborhood/town has different requirements. If it costs anything, I’ll pay for it.

Please don’t ask what it’s about because unless I select you, I won’t tell you. The person I select will need to be a VERY reliable person and trustworthy.

I can tell you that this experience COULD be life altering but at the very least, an eye-opening experience that will add to your ongoing catalog of ideas. Right?

Please send me an email (click on my profile at right and get it that way) and let me know a little about you and where you live in the country. Where you live isn’t crucial, I just need to know what the general area is like. Also, tell me why you want to do this.

Are you curious? Take a shot. Take a shot. Everyone’s gotta have stories for their grandkids, right? Haha!

Use Famous Birthdays to Justify Promotionals

When I sold beds for a living (nice pay but awful hours), we were trained in the skill of dropping the price to close the sale. They always stressed to NEVER drop the price without a reason. If you just drop it, for no apparent reason other than to get the sale, the customer catches on and you lose their trust. (BTW: This is the reason car salespeople and other big ticket sales professions have the reputation they have.)

So you’d give them some totally stupid reason that you’ll drop the price to see if they are biting. The one I like is the mismatched fabric. After they’ve been hemming and hawing about a certain mattress set and you know that all it will take is a little nudge and they’re hooked, you say, "Tell you what, do you mind if the box spring has a different color fabric than the mattress?" Of course they don’t care. No one cares… particularly if you can save some money. They say, "No" and then you say, "Tell you what, let me check something real quick."

The salesperson goes back to the front counter and checks his shopping list, calls his wife to see what time she’s going to be home… anything to look like you’re checking on something. Then he goes back and gives them the mismatched line and says because they have two mismatches at the warehouse, he can knock another 5% off… or whatever he thinks is the least discount he needs to give to tip them over.

Viola! Sale made. And it only cost you 5%. But the key to the sale was, you gave them a reason for the drop and they were under the assumption they were getting a deal because of a unique situation that needs to be jumped on right away.

Now, there are real reasons for drops as well. But many times, companies will use the drop simply as a closing tool and for no other reason. The reason may be completely false.

The method I recommend, however, is the fun drop. It’s a drop your customer is fully aware of but will take advantage of anyway because they like what you are selling, like you and find your offer compelling, regardless of the reason. My philosophy with drops is to be honest with your customer. Tell them that you need their sale and because you do, you’re going to give them a 5% discount because they have a red shirt on and you love red shirts… or whatever. The point is, you make light of the drop and the customer knows you are on their side and you’re just trying to help them make the decision a little easier.

This idea I just came across at Idea Site for Business is a fun drop. It gives you a reason to send a communication to your customer and it’s a fun drop at the same time. Relate a special price you are running on a product with a famous person’s birthday. Here’s a snippet from the site on this idea:

Examples: Offer a "genius" of a sale on Einstein’s birthday : March 14. Have a really "cheap" price for one day only on Jack Benny’s birthday: February 14th. Haven’t heard from a client in a while? Harpo Marx’s birthday is November 23rd (he was the deaf Marx Brother.)

Is that genius, or what? (Excuse the pun.) I just love it.

January 20, 2005

If you don’t agree with this, I pity your outlook on life!

I know President Bush’s inaugural address will be documented and thanks to the internet, will be accessible to anyone with internet access from here to eternity. But there is one part of his speech that I want my blog to be attached to. I want it to live through time, resting on one lone page of my blog. I believe what it says is vital to America’s continued success and dare I say, it’s very existence. I thank God, each and every day (literally) that we had a man such as President Bush come along at this time in history and that He gave the majority of this nation the notion that it was the right thing to do to vote him into another term. Here are the words I’m talking about:

America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the maker of heaven and earth. Across the generations, we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now it is the urgent requirement of our nation’s security, and the calling of our time. …

We will persistently clarify the choice before every ruler and every nation: The moral choice between oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is eternally right. America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any human being aspires to live at the mercy of bullies. …

When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, “It rang as if it meant something.” In our time it means something still. America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength tested, but not weary we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.

May God bless you, and may He watch over the United States of America.

He always has and always will.

January 19, 2005

Let People Jump off the Golden Gate Bridge

I just read an article about this filmmaker that convinced the city officials in charge of the Golden Gate bridge to set up a camera on public ground to film the bridge 24 hours a day to ostensibly chronicle the "day in the life of the bridge."

Turns out he is doing a film about suicide and he wanted to catch all the suicides that happen on the Golden Gate bridge throughout a given year. He actually caught all 19 successful jumps that year and all the attempted ones as well.

The city officials are all up in arms that they were lied to regarding the motives of the filmmaker.

Give me a break. Who in the world cares?

This got me to thinking. Why not actually build a rampart where people can go to the edge and from which they can fling themselves off? No worrying whether the cops are going to get them first. No worrying about breaking the law. No worrying whether they’re going to clear the suicide net or not. Just look down and step off.

However, before they can legally launch themselves into oblivion, they must undergo a 2 hour counseling session with a licensed psychologist in a little office right next to their final leaping pad. Anyone can call a hotline and request their two hour preleap counseling session at such and such a time. They meet the counsellor at the little preleap office and go through their two hours. If at the end of that session, they still want to leap, go for it.

I know this sounds odd, and yes, there are those that won’t have the mental wherewithal to make a call and pre-plan like that, but there are many who might be saved because you gave them a controlled route to their demise instead of making them dodge all those that are capable of saving them.

In the "crazy-enough-to-kill-yourself" community, the Golden Gate is a big draw. Let them come and allow them to do it, but only after going through a "hoop" before doing so.

Then film the heck out of it. Film the aftermath as well. The families that were devastated by their supreme act of selfishness. Film, film and film. So people can see just how tragic it is to take your own life, not for you, the scum bag doing it, but for all those that you leave behind. Tragic isn’t even a good enough word. It’s the ultimate act of hatred towards those that you professed to love at some point.

January 18, 2005

Charge for the Printer, Not the Ink!

If you’re here regarding my earthquake prediction, click here for more info.

On to my normal subject matter… business ideas!

As everyone knows, printer companies get their revenue off the back end and not so much the front end. Meaning they charge an arm and a freaking leg for ink cartridges but you can get a decent printer now a days for $40. The conventional wisdom is to get them in the door and then charge the heck out of them to use the printer.

What if a printer company came along and ENCOURAGED 3rd party sellers to make ink and cartridges for their printers? (Can you say open source?) This would create competition which would result in lower ink pricing. But then they could charge their profit on the front end. Instead of charging $100 for your really nice printer, charge $400 for it. But make sure the customer knows that your ink is practically free, it’s so cheap. All other factors being equal (quality, etc) I would buy that printer in a HEARTBEAT over their competitors. I can’t begin to tell you what names I’ve called HP after my $25 cartridge runs out every week. It pisses me off to no end. I also have a color laster printer that I got under Xerox’s free color laser printer program. Let me tell you, there t’aint nothing free about it. One set of ink sticks cost $200 bucks. And that’s just for ONE COLOR! There are three colors plus the black sticks.

If there were a company brave enough to operate against the convential wisdom of emphasizing back-end profits, they’d be selling printers left and right. Then, of course, when you can get ink much cheaper, you’re more likely to print a LOT more. If you’re printing a lot more, your printer is going to wear out faster than the other print companies that use gold in their inks. When your printer wears out, who ya going to go too for your next printer? Yep.. and so the cycle continues and hopefully putting all these other greedy bastards out of business in the process.

Please, someone make an expensive printer and practically give away the ink. Please! You have your first customer, right here.

Update: Case in point. Read this. How long are printer companies going to get away with crap like this without the customer finally saying enough is enough and not buying their stuff anymore? Hopefully soon. I know I’ll never buy a HP printer again. Never. Bastards!

January 12, 2005

More on the earthquake prediction… wow!

It appears my prognosticating post has begun to be noticed. Traffic yesterday was about 500 visitors. Today it was over 5100 visitors. The vast majority of it was from an Italian website that is comparing me to Nostrodamus. Yikes! So, benvenuti to all my Italiano visitors. (Interesting note: I was stationed in Italy when I was in the Air Force. San Vito down by Brindisi.)

Anyway, for those that can read English… please don’t compare me to Nostrodamus. He saw visions, I just hear or physically “sense” seismic activity. There’s a BIG difference. Mine is a physical sense, his was an “etheral” sense. My abilities have nothing to do with psychic phenomenon in any way shape or form.

Anyway, thanks to all of you that vouched for the authenticity of my earthquake prediction post back in September. Much appreciated.

I’d like to take this opportunity to defend myself a bit. There are people out there saying stuff like this:

I guess this proves that you can predict an earthquake at any time and be sure that one is around the corner.

My prediction is that there will be breathable air tomorrow.

Why do people feel a need to exagerrate in response to something they don’t understand? What a lousy analogy, anyway.

It would be different if I were constantly “predicting” things and then one time out of my hundred predictions, something actually happens. But I’ve never publicly predicted a thing in my entire life (I’ve logged predictions, but never made them public.) So, when someone who has never tried to predict anything in his entire life, suddenly, out of the blue, posts the following on September 5th, 2004:

I woke up this morning to what I expected, major earthquake activity. I went to bed last night convinced that the activity would happen in the next 24 hours and I was right. [Original prediction was on the 2nd] There were two sizeable quakes in Japan only 5 hours apart. They were even announced on Drudge’s news page, which is pretty much the litmus test for whether a quake is major enough to make it to the news or not.

But, for some reason, because of the intensity of the “thing” that happens to me before earthquakes, I don’t think those two earthquakes are going to be the end of it. I believe we have some more coming up in the next 24 hours or so. But because seismic activity is so dependent on many things, it could be that what I experienced is the set up for something really major in the near future. Who knows… it’s such an inexact science. But don’t be surprised if we get another big jolt somewhere before it quiets down.

Three and half months later, we have the largest earthquake on planet earth in 40 years. Now, I don’t even think any of the famous psychics out there can prove they said anything close to what I said that close to what actually happened.

Just take it at face value. Yes, it could have been a major coincidence, but boy it was a big one. I mean, I didn’t just say, “There’s going to be an earthquake.” In the original post, I said:

I have given a lot of thought to this entry before posting it. Only because I don’t want my readers to think I’m loopy. But, based on my historical accuracy and the level at which this particular event has been presenting itself, I believe I should at least mention it. Get it down on paper, so to speak. I’m writing this at 9:00am (PDT), September 2, 2004.

The physical symptom I get that presents itself prior to earthquakes happening was so intense and so severe that I thought I had to get it on public record. That is definitely putting one’s self out on a limb, wouldn’t you think?

Then to reiterate just how much I was convinced that something major was going to happen, I closed that post with this:

I just hope the intensity of the event doesn’t directly correlate with the intensity of the physical manifestation I’ve been experiencing. If it does, it will be absolutely devastating. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

Again, I have to repeat myself here. I didn’t JUST say, “Oh, BTW, I think there’s going to be an earthquake sometime soon.” I said:

“…something really major in the near future.”

But of course, there are people even debating on what the definition of “near future” means.

Geesh!

It is what it is, people. If you want to believe in coincidences, fine. If you want to believe I can hear frequencies emanating from seismic activity, fine. If you want to believe John Kerry had a chance at becoming President, fine. Whatever.

But the bottom line is, I said what I said when I said it.

To hammer home my absolute confidence that something was going to happen, I posted this on September 29th:

This thing that happens to me before seismic activity was so intense (it’s never been so intense) that I had to conclude that it would result in an intense seismic activity or series of activities. Stay tuned…

That quote is referring to the actual physical thing that happens to me in my ears. It happened over a 2 day period at the end of August to the first day of September. I was actually deaf in one of my ears during that period of time and was about to go see the doctor when it subsided. It’s never been that severe since I began sensing seismic activity 20 some years ago.

So there you have it…

January 10, 2005

Need some help from my regular readers…

If you have been a regular reader of my blog, I need you to do me a favor. If you remember reading my post back in September about my earthquake prediction, and the followup post a few days later, please post it in the comments. It seems my prediction is getting a bit of attention in the blogosphere and there are those in our community who are accusing me of backdating the predictions. Understandable accusation, of course. But with something of such magnitude, it would be pretty stupid to falsify it because of how easy it is to catch someone doing that.

Meanwhile, I’m going to get with blogger.com and see if they can send me an email attesting to the fact that I did indeed post that prediction in September.

Anyway, if you remember reading it, please say so in the comments. I don’t have a whole heck of a lot of readers, but I have enough that I can at least get some people to vouch for me. :-)

Thanks!
Dan

January 8, 2005

Kitty Litter Service - Make $250+ a Day

I hate those ads that quote you can make $X amount per day… etc. However, I fully believe the title of this post to be doable by the average person.

First, I’ve already written a related idea (they both have to do with cat poop) so if you want to read that one first, here it is.

More likely than not, you own a cat. Cats are the #1 pet in the USA. Over 70 million Americans own cats. The ratio goes up higher if you focus on nicer neighborhoods containing middle class to upper middle class homes. Which is where we’re going to focus this idea towards.

This is an incredible opportunity just because probably 75% of all the houses that you hit with your marketing are going to be potential customers. Talk to any marketing expert and they’ll tell you, that’s a good number.

This idea will combine another idea of mine about marketing. Read that one first, then come back here.

Essentially, this idea is selling a kitty litter maintenance service. For a house with 2 cats, you’ll charge them $30 a month to make sure they’re kitty litter box is clean and well maintained. For 1 cat, you’ll do it for $20 a month.

Using the post it notes, concentrate on particular neighborhoods. For this to be an efficient operation, you’ll need to make sure your customers are close to one another so you don’t waste time in travelling. It won’t work if you have to travel to clients all over town in one day. Put your ad on a post it note (you can use flyers too, I guess… I just like the post it note because it stands out from all the other joe blows out there advertising on people’s doors) and go through a neighborhood, sticking your ad on people’s doors.

Your ad is going to advertise your cat box maintenance service. For $X, you’ll clean and maintain their cat box 3 times a month. Their cat will receive fresh litter duing each visit… etc. The price INCLUDES the cost of the litter. No more packing 30 lb sacks of litter home to store in the garage. No more wondering whether the cat box has been cleaned in the past week. No more smell, no more mess. If there’s pregnancy in the house, they can eliminate that worry. (On second thought, with all the benefits you’ll want to tell the customer about, you might want to use a flyer instead… haha!)

Think about this… people HATE to clean the cat box. You show me a freshly cleaned cat box and I’ll show you a husband that was just told to clean the cat box because it’s starting to smell. I would gladly pay someone $30 to just take care of thing leaving me free to never have to think about the dirty thing ever again.

The key to this is to make your job as easy as possible is using a bigger cat box and flushable litter. There are several boxes on the market, but you can also MAKE them out of the big plastic bins that almost every store sells. Here’s one I made.

I just cut a hole in the top and viola, a cat box. My box is really an experiment. Hence the rough cut. You’ll want to get these cut in bulk by some outfit that can do it properly. But I bought this monstrosity at Target for $4. It’s important they be fairly good sized so you can go 10 days for 2 cats without the box filling up with poopage. When you empty it, you simply dump the whole thing into the toilet, wipe it out with an alcohol soaked handy wipe (alcohol dries really fast), fill it back up with litter and you’re on your way. The cleaning will be a piece of cake since you’ll be doing it each time. The waste won’t start to eat into the plastic because you’ll be cleaning it regularly.

There are several flushable litter materials on the market and in the bigger bags they cost about .50 cents a pound. Once you get big enough and are buying in bigger quantities, I’m sure you’ll be able to find it even cheaper from a pet supply distributor. This is an estimate, but it’ll probably take about 8 lbs of litter, per box, depending on the size of the box… etc. That is the only expense that comes out of the fee you’ll be collecting (other than gas and other business related incidentals.)

Essentially, you charge $10 each time you make a trip. If you do each customer every 10 days, that averages to about 3 times a month. Your litter expense is about $4 per trip. So, you get $6 each time you change a litter box. If you cluster your customer base in a tight geographic area, you can do 4-8 houses an hour. Do the math.

There’s one more major detail you have to address. Just like when people have a maid service to come in and clean on a regular basis, you’ll need to have access to the customer’s home without them being home. So, you’ll need to get bonded and licensed for work inside people’s homes unsupervised. That’s not a big deal, but it is something you’ll need to do. Check your local city or county government’s website or go to their building and ask about business licensing and bonding requirements. (Bonding questions can be directed to your insurance agent, as well.)

This can start out as a part time business. Just concentrate on a cluster of homes. Hit them once a week for a month with a flyer or post it note, advertising your business. Don’t think that just because they didn’t call you after the first flyer went out that they aren’t interested. If they see your flyer once a week for four weeks, they’ll know this isn’t some idiot trying out a business idea. They’ll start to take it seriously and it’ll become a conversation in the household, believe me. Especially if the husband sees it. :-)

The only two challenges is overcoming the customer’s reluctance to having someone come into their home unsupervised. But if you dress professional, perhaps with a logo’ed shirt on, nice haircut, professional paperwork…etc, you’ll break down that barrier quick. Then there’s the space issue. What if they don’t have room for your bigger box? No problem, you can come once every 5 days to empty their current box but it’ll cost them $40 a month instead. (Watch them find room somewhere for the bigger box all of a sudden.)

Go make me proud and empty some litter for a living.

January 7, 2005

Save Money - Hire Slave Labor

 

NEWS FLASH! Walter Cronkite has been photographed in what authorities are calling a "slave labor basement" located 25 feet under a WalMart in Wilsonville OR. Authorities are calling it Abu Wal Ghraib.

A shaken and disheveled Cronkite was led out of the basement by local authorities after being dressed in a somewhat tight fitting pair of pants and an I’m With Stupid t-shirt that was evidently being manufactured in the basement at the time.

As he emerged from the slave hole, onlookers were shocked by the incredibly low prices of the garments used to cover Cronkite which could plainly be seen on the "Roll Back" price tags hanging off them. There is speculation that Mr. Cronkite was part of the slave labor forced to make the very garments he was wearing at the time.

CBS declined to comment saying, "Walter who?"

:-)

Real story here.

January 5, 2005

Make Winter Crash Videos

You’ve probably seen the video blooper shows and sometimes they show a montage of cars sliding into one another during ice storms.

If you have a particularly bad intersection in your area that gets a little dicey during snow or ice storms, next time you have one, take your video camera to the corner and some warm clothing and essentially camp out at the intersection with your camera trained on the intersection. If it’s a really icy hill or something like that, you’re bound to capture some really good video. Depending on how much footage you get, you can edit it all together and sell the video on the internet or perhaps even to local news agencies. Of course, if you catch any really bad footage, the police might want to take a look at it for their ensuing report. But hopefully it’s just a bunch of sliding around and fender bendering. Set it to music with maybe an hour’s worth of footage and you got yourself a hit.

Be sure to get the people slipping and falling while walking down the sidewalk. Those are always good for a laugh.

January 4, 2005

Cool Ecommerce Tool - But Does it Increase Revenue?

I came across a nifty sales tool again just recently. I’ve seen it before but for one reason or another, I’ve always had to pass on it as not being “there” yet.

Well, I believe it’s about as “there” as it’s going to get now. It’s called oddcast. Blogger doesn’t allow you to use javascript in your posts, so I can’t post a demo here. But follow the link and check it out.

So, okay… it’s cool with a slight nifty factor. But does it translate into sales? I’m currently using it at a few of my sites. I’ll let you know if it helps.

My guess is, if you have something to actually SAY instead of just using it to show how cool you are, it may be able to play a role in increasing your site’s return on investment. We’ll see.

The price is pretty affordable. If you pay annually, most of us small time biz people can get by with an account that costs about $10 a month. That’s definitely in the sweet spot for small businesses.

I’ll report back my findings later.

January 1, 2005

Indonesian Earthquake… Predicted?

If you’ve followed my blog for over a few months, you might remember that I made an earthquake prediction back on September 2nd, 2004. In that prediction, I said this:

I just hope the intensity of the event doesn’t directly correlate with the intensity of the physical manifestation I’ve been experiencing. If it does, it will be absolutely devastating. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

There was actually two earthquakes in Japan a few days later. They were big enough to make it on to Drudge’s site. But I voiced my opinion that I didn’t think that was the end of it. Only because the physical manifestation that I get before impending seismic activity was of such intensity that I was convinced that we were in for a very major event soon. In my subsequent post reporting the two Japan quakes, I said this:

But, for some reason, because of the intensity of the “thing” that happens to me before earthquakes, I don’t think those two earthquakes are going to be the end of it. I believe we have some more coming up in the next 24 hours or so. But because seismic activity is so dependent on many things, it could be that what I experienced is the set up for something really major in the near future. Who knows… it’s such an inexact science. But don’t be surprised if we get another big jolt somewhere before it quiets down.

After what happened on December 26th, I sure wish I had been wrong. :-(

Update: I’ve been urged to mention my book as it relates to this post. My ability to sense earthquakes could be directly related to this. I try not to mix this blog with my book as I don’t want people to think I wrote the book as a “biz opp” but I think it may give context to how I have the ability to predict earthquakes so accurately. God only knows if there is an actual link. But my guess is that there is, somehow.